Dining

Arctic Cafe

Arctic Café

Open daily

Arctic Café

Open daily

This cafeteria-style restaurant is the first of its kind across the country in a zoo or aquarium setting that is Green Certified by the Green Restaurant Association. The Café earned this distinction for its eco-friendly practices which include cutlery made from potato starch and soybean oil, touchless sensor faucets, increased recycling options, and a programmable thermostat. As the Zoo’s main restaurant, this location offers an expanded menu including hot soup, deli salads and sandwiches, traditional grill favorites, pizza, hand-breaded chicken tenders, a made-to-order salad bar and several vegetarian and gluten-free options.

Starbucks Coffee at Arctic Cafe

Starbucks

Open daily

Starbucks

Open daily

The Detroit Zoo proudly serves Starbucks coffee!
Start your day off with a latté or espresso and cool down in the afternoon with a specialty Frappaccino or iced coffee! Other Starbucks favorites are available including a variety of specialty Tazo Teas. Conveniently located inside the Arctic Café.

Buddy's Pizza building exterior and sign

Buddy’s Pizza

Open daily at 11 a.m.

Buddy’s Pizza

Open daily at 11 a.m.

This 5,200-square-foot eatery is serving up a variety of its iconic Detroit-style square pizzas, along with gluten-free pizza, antipasto salad, Buddy Brew and other cold beverages. It seats 163 guests and offers picturesque views of the Zoo’s historic Rackham Fountain from the dining room, an outdoor patio and a rooftop terrace that boasts the highest vantage point in the Zoo. Buddy’s is also yet another example of the Detroit Zoological Society’s commitment to environmental sustainability. Learn more: https://detroitzoo.org/press-release/buddys-pizza-to-open-at-the-detroit-zoo/

Detroit Zoo - Safari Cafe

Safari Grill

Closed for the season

Safari Grill

Closed for the season

Similar to the Arctic Café, this location features gourmet Angus beef burgers, turkey burgers and veggie burgers. Safari Grill is located in the back of the Zoo across from the Africa Station.

 

American Coney Island at the Detroit Zoo

American Coney Island

Closed for the season

American Coney Island

Closed for the season

A favorite with native Detroiters and visitors alike, the famous American Coney Island hot dog is now available at the Detroit Zoo! Located across from Rackham Fountain, the cafe serves favorites including chili cheese fries, gyros, and Greek salads as well as draft Michigan beer.

Pure Greens

Pure Greens

Closed for the season

Pure Greens

Closed for the season

Pure Greens offers a 100 percent vegan menu.  The eatery is located near the Arctic Café and Carousel.

 

Detroit Zoo - Sweet Treats

Sweet Treats

Closed for the season

Sweet Treats

Closed for the season

Cool down and satisfy your sweet tooth at this location with ice cream and Icees. Hand-poured funnel cakes are also available at this stand, located across from the bear dens at the west end of the Arctic Ring of Life.

 

Detroit Popcorn

Detroit Popcorn

Open during Wild Lights • Closed for the season

Detroit Popcorn

Open during Wild Lights • Closed for the season

Located behind the National Amphibian Conservation Center near the playgrounds, this snack stop carries specialty popcorn from the local company of the same name, as well as ice-cold soft drinks, funnel fries and pretzel bites.

Detroit Zoo - Dippin' Dots

Dippin’ Dots

Closed for the season

Dippin’ Dots

Closed for the season

Taste this flash-frozen ice cream sensation in four convenient locations: next to the Polk Penguin Conservation Center (Picnic Grove), across from the PlayVenture picnic site, next to the Arctic Outpost gift shop, and next to the Trading Post gift shop.

A photograph of the ice cream kiosk at the Detroit Zoo

Prairie Farms Ice Cream

Closed for the season

Prairie Farms Ice Cream

Closed for the season

This eatery features hand-dipped premium ice cream cones, milkshakes and floats.

 

 

Broadwalk Station

Boardwalk Station

Closed for the season

Boardwalk Station

Closed for the season

Located along the main pathway between the river otters and the Holden Reptile Conservation Center, Boardwalk Station offers soft pretzels, bacon and cheese fries, soft-serve ice cream, floats and more!